Microsoft Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) is a server role that centralizes and automates the process of installing and tracking software updates released by Microsoft Update. Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) eliminates the hassle network managers would otherwise experience trying to distribute updates quickly and completely to every Windows server and workstation throughout a network. By ensuring that all systems in an organization are promptly updated with patches released through Microsoft Update, WSUS increases network security, reduces compatibility problems, and improves productivity.
Windows Server Update Services is a patch and update component of Windows Server and allows you to centralizer and automate the task of keeping systems current. WSUS consists of three major components that together provide a dependable solution for consistent and comprehensive updates:
WSUS includes a management console that makes it more efficient for network support staff to carry out the vital task of keeping computers current with key security patches. The automated patch distribution and tracking capabilities of WSUS give network managers more time to concentrate on the computers that may have problems with updates, instead of being overwhelmed by the routine task of a massive patch deployment throughout an organization.
Windows Server 2019, Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2012 R2 include Windows PowerShell cmdlets that allow administrators to automate key day-to-day operations in WSUS. Progent offers expertise in PowerShell scripting and can provide as-needed online help so you can take full advantage of this important enhancement.
For networks with a large number of Windows servers, you can install the Software Update Point (SUP) role on a WSUS server and use Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) to create and distribute update packages and filters in order to restrict updates to defined maintenance periods to prevent update traffic from disrupting productivity. To learn more about SCCM and Progent's consulting services for planning and deploying this powerful change management platform, see System Center Configuration Manager consulting services.
You can also add a Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) server to System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) in order to manage updates to the fabric of private clouds managed by SCVMM. For information about SCVMM and to learn about Progent's consulting services for creating and managing private clouds, visit System Center Virtual Machine Manager consulting services.
How Progent Can Help You with Windows Server Update Services
WSUS is a free software mechanism that requires some expertise for an optimal first-time setup, but that greatly simplifies subsequent patch management. Progent is a Microsoft Certified Partner and offers expertise in all aspects of server management in a Windows environment. Progent can help you with technical details of the initial setup of WSUS such as designing the WSUS deployment, setting up clients computers, configuring the Group Policy settings, and making sure your WSUS Group Policy object (GPO) is linked to an Active Directory container appropriate for your network environment.
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